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National organisations commend Head of State's oath- taking speech.

CARTHAGE, Nov. 13, 2009 (TAP) - National organisations commended, in messages extended to President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, purport and dimensions of the Head of State's speech delivered on Thursday before the Chambers of Deputies and of Advisers on his constitutional oath-taking.

These organisations express consideration and gratitude for the deep meanings and daring decisions contained in the historic presidential speech which come to confirm the comprehensive reform process lived by Tunisia since the Change and materialise the ambitious development targets of the electoral platform "Together We Meet Challenges," underlining their commitment to carry on action with enthusiasm, to materialise the objectives of this programme.

Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) voices, in this context, the extended business community's gratitude to President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali for the interest he continually takes in the economic situation and his sustained keenness to ensure best conditions to the national economy so that it could take up the challenges and win the future stakes, while seeing to strengthening attributes of decent life to all Tunisians as part of solidarity, mutual assistance, security, stability and social peace. UTICA underlines that the Head of State's speech on Thursday is a stimulus to the process of economic and social reform and a support to achievements accomplished by Tunisia on the path of modernity and progress which earned it international recognition and esteem.

It adds that the presidential address draws up the contours of a promising future for the national development process, one rich in gains and achievements. For its part, the National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT) praises, in a message to the President of the Republic, the achievements and gains made in Tunisia since the Change, underlining that women have always been at the core of the modernist reform programme of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali who considers Tunisian women "an element of serenity and quietude and a factor of modernity and progress."

UNFT also hails measures announced by the Head of State to highlight topics contained in his electoral programme, underlining Tunisian women's aspiration to a new stage of influence thanks to a level of presence of at least 35% in decision-making positions as part of the bet made by Tunisia of the Change on a broader participation of all Tunisians in public affairs.

UNFT underlines that the start of this new stage of changes and reforms is marked by a political climate which consecrates a modern pluralistic democratic practice, reasserting that Tunisian women, who benefit today from attributes of dignity, pride and confidence in the future, reject practices of some sides who dare to harm the country and accept to be subservient to foreign sides.

The women's organisation points out, in this context, that these "conducts are reprehensible morally, politically and legally" and denounces with firmness any meddling with the national sovereignty and independent national decisions.

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Date:Nov 14, 2009
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